The book mentions different events throughout several decades. It starts in 1968 and ends in 2002.
Elly and her family celebrate with her neighbours the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. The Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II‘s accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom. It was celebrated with large-scale parties and parades throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth throughout 1977, culminating in June with the official “Jubilee Days,” held to coincide with the Queen’s Official Birthday. The anniversary date itself was commemorated in church services across the land on 6 February 1977, and continued throughout the month. In March, preparations started for large parties in every major city of the United Kingdom, as well as for smaller ones for countless individual streets throughout the country.
The book also mentions John Lennon’s assassination. On Monday, December 8, 1980, Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman in the archway of the Dakota, his residence in New York City. Lennon had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife, Yoko Ono.
We also read a mention of the massacre of Dunblane, which I never heard of before. The Dunblane school massacre was one of the deadliest mass murders in the UK’s history, when gunman Thomas Hamilton killed sixteen children and one teacher at Dunblane Primary School near Stirling, Scotland on 13 March 1996, before killing himself.
Another celebrity’s death that Elly talks about is Versace’s. Versace was shot dead on 15 July 1997, aged 50, on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion as he returned from a morning walk on Ocean Drive.
Another important event is Princess Diana’s death. On August 31 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Dodi Fayed, and Henri Paul, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz S280, were pronounced dead at the scene; the bodyguard of Diana and Dodi, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor. Although the media blamed the paparazzi following the car, an 18-month French judicial investigation found that the crash was caused by Paul, who lost control of the car at high speed while drunk.
The last event is the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.